cypripedium

[sip-ruh-pee-dee-uh m]
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noun

any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, comprising the lady's-slippers.

Origin of cypripedium

1765–75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Cypri(a) Venus + -pedi- -ped + -um neuter ending
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Examples from the Web for cypripedium

Historical Examples of cypripedium

  • The "column" (B) in the cypripedium is very distinctive, and from the front view is very non-committal.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • Presently he observed a flower—a Cypripedium; the shape could not be mistaken.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Every evening they brought in a load of orchids more or less valuable, but never Cypripedium Curtisii.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • The botanical name of the flower is Cypripedium, taken from Greek words meaning the shoe of Venus.

  • Cypripedium acaule, moccasin-flower; ladies'-slipper; Venus's-slipper, 205.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson



British Dictionary definitions for cypripedium

cypripedium

noun

any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, having large flowers with an inflated pouchlike lipSee also lady's-slipper
any cultivated tropical orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, having yellow, green, or brownish-purple waxy flowers

Word Origin for cypripedium

C18: from New Latin, from Latin Cypria the Cyprian, that is, Venus + pēs foot (that is, Venus' slipper)
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